The Story Behind what she did
My aunt made many sacrifices when she decided to leave her family and home in Colombia to come to California and help my dad. Back home my aunt had one son who was eighteen at the time she left and she also has three sisters who were all very young at the time and an older brother who were all very sad when she left. Even with all these people left behind at home my aunt still decided to leave to be with me and my dad when I was born. My aunt came to California to help my dad not only with taking care of me but to also help out with my dad’s tailor shop. Without my aunt being involved with me and my dad’s lives I don’t know where we would be today. This has influenced my life because I know how many sacrifices my aunt made in order to get me where I am today and I now understand that in life I must make some important and well thought out sacrifices in order to succeed and to be happy and to be where I want to be later on in life.
What she does
My aunt works for our family business. About 30 years ago my dad started his own tailor shop in Westwood. With my aunt coming in from a different country she didn’t really know where to begin working, so my dad suggested that she could work for him. Since she didn’t really know anything about the business yet my dad had to teach her the basics. How to hem pants, alter dresses and iron the clothes. Those are the simplest things, my aunt sort of got attached to ironing the clothes and doing small repairs before handing the clothes over to the customers. To this day she irons every day, and because of that she has begun to lose feeling in her hands. The iron is pretty heavy after a while, and since it radiates heat afterwards she can’t put her hands in the fridge or wash her hands for a while because it could give her arthritis.
Ironing is the use of a hot tool to remove wrinkles from clothes or fabric. The temperature of the iron at varies upon the type of material of the clothing. It works by loosening the bonds between polymer molecules in clothes. The first iron was said to have been used in China. The electric iron was first invented in 1882 by Henry W. Seeley. The iron weighed about 15 pounds and took a while to get hot. Since my dad and aunt have worked in the tailoring business for so long they like to use the heavy iron for the best results. The only problem is that my aunts hands start to hurt her even more since the irons are more old fashioned and weigh a lot.
What she means to me
Even with all those sacrifices made, my aunt is still the sweetest most hardworking woman I know. My aunt works long days taking the bus to and from Santa Monica but she still manages to be best mom I could have ever asked for. She has always protected me and taught me what is right from wrong and she is more than welcoming to all my friends and my boyfriend. The family business would have not been possible without all my aunts help. She has never asked for any type of thank you but she is just grateful to have been living with me and my dad and to be able to see me grow up. My aunt has shown me that family always comes first. She has also taught me how to be a stronger woman for myself and to always look out for myself and to be a hard worker so that I can be happy in the future. I have learned to be responsible because of all the responsibilities my aunt has as a sister, aunt, worker, daughter and most importantly my mom. I have learned what it means to be a family and what I want for my future because of my aunt’s impact on my life.
Finally, the most important reason my aunt is the most influential person in my life is because of course she is my mom at the end of the day. My aunt has been a mom for almost thirty-eight years and had eighteen years in Colombia to practice becoming the best mom she could possibly be for me. She has taught me what it means to be a mom and how important it is for a girl growing up to have a mother figure. Like I said before, I have no idea where I would be today without my aunt. She was the one taking care of me all those years while my dad was away at work and when she couldn’t take care of me herself she would make sure my grandma would be there for me. She has never let me down and I hope that she know how influential she is to me.
In conclusion, without the most influential person in my life I have no idea where I would be today. I cannot thank her enough for all that she has done for me and my dad all these years. I hope that everyone can find someone that is influential enough to motivate and teach them things in life like my aunt has to me. I think that it is important and helpful to have someone to look up to who is influential especially when finding yourself in life.
Celeste Restrepo I am a student at California State University Northridge. Majoring in Biology to become a surgeon.